I went out to a writers’ cafe last night and did some blackout poetry. (Also called redacted/erasure poetry.) It was super fun! I worked on maybe six or seven pieces. When I started, I was looking at what each piece of prose was telling me, but once I got going, I felt like I wasContinue reading “Creative writing groups can help you find your voice.”
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Sending your book to an editor is like sending your kid on a school residential.
🚸 Am I talking about sending your kid on a school residential? 📚 Or might this be an analogy…? And when they get back…? This analogy can run much further. But I reckon that’ll do. 😃 Handing over your manuscript to an editor might be like sending your kid on their school residential. Be brave.Continue reading “Sending your book to an editor is like sending your kid on a school residential.”
POV: Improve your writing by doing more of it.
☺️☺️ Just to be sappy a moment… I love seeing writers improve over time. I am lucky enough to work with some authors whose creative wells seem bottomless. They are always writing. There are always more stories to tell. And I get to read them. And when you’ve seen someone’s early stories, then later ones,Continue reading “POV: Improve your writing by doing more of it.”
Will an editor judge me for my poor grammar?
When an author is worried an editor will consider their writing to be poor due to grammatical mistakes, my message is: don’t stress. We are not here to judge. In England, when 15/16-year-olds do their English exam and are asked to write a story, a whopping 40% of their mark for that story comes fromContinue reading “Will an editor judge me for my poor grammar?”
Come in. The water’s fine. How working with an editor can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
I reckon signing up with an editor must be like looking at the sea and deciding whether you want to dive in. It could be amazing. It might be awful. I shared with you recently that the next six — now eight! — months are looking really decent for me work-wise. All fiction. Perfect. AllContinue reading “Come in. The water’s fine. How working with an editor can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be that way.”
I’m rolling with it. New editing availability. (And, while we’re on it, is it role or roll? Rollout or roll out?)
🎪 Role up. ❌ Roll up. ✔ I’m on a role. ❌ Over the last few years, I’ve gone from one day a week of editing, to two, and, from September, I’ll be up to three. 👏 Go me! And a bonus #EagleEyedCherry #writingtip is to remind you of the different spellings and uses ofContinue reading “I’m rolling with it. New editing availability. (And, while we’re on it, is it role or roll? Rollout or roll out?)”
Removing my invisibility cloak: I’m Claire Cronshaw and I am an editor. Who are you and what are you working on right now?
Check out this article. Indie authors. You want to be seen. For the sake of your books, you need visibility. But. But… Talking about fear and wanting to stay hidden, Laura says: “That part of me exists for a reason, because it was once useful and it’s familiar. I can’t cut it loose, I can’tContinue reading “Removing my invisibility cloak: I’m Claire Cronshaw and I am an editor. Who are you and what are you working on right now?”
Is LinkedIn an appropriate platform to share flash fiction and poetry? I think so!
For some reason, just recently, poetry and flash fiction has become a feature of my feed. And it’s been a welcome addition. There are some very talented writers out there and I love reading your stuff. It’s perfect for this platform. I know there are social media terms for this, but I can’t think whatContinue reading “Is LinkedIn an appropriate platform to share flash fiction and poetry? I think so!”
What are the best writing-craft podcasts for fiction authors?
Five great writing-craft podcasts for fiction authors. Learning to write fiction can be an overwhelming experience. I hope today that I can make that process less overwhelming. With so many books and courses on writing craft out there, the biggest challenge is sometimes knowing where to find the time to learn. By listening to aContinue reading “What are the best writing-craft podcasts for fiction authors?”
Can I make a living wage from self-publishing?
💷 A family friend awkwardly asked my indie-author husband: “But, is it a living wage?” For sure, not everyone who goes down the self-publishing route will make a living out of it. But, if you know what you’re doing, and you put effort into both the creative and business side of things, you can makeContinue reading “Can I make a living wage from self-publishing?”